Over the last thirty years, Virtucon has grown by leaps and bounds. About fifteen years ago, we changed from volatile chemicals to the communication industry. We own cable companies in thirty-eight states. In addition to our cable holdings, we own a steel mill in Cleveland. Shipping in Texas. Oil refineries in Seattle. And a factory in Chicago that makes miniature models of factories. We also own the Franklin Mint, which makes decorative hand-painted theme plates for collectors. Some plates, like the “Gone With The Wind” series, have gone up in value as much as two-hundred and forty percent, but, as with any investment, there is some risk involved. In 2006, we expanded into the burgeoning web log — or “blog” — phenomenon with an emphasis on Virginia politics, policy and entertainment from the Greater Richmond-Washington Metro Area perspective.